Tennis Player Drowns: University of Oregon's Alex Rovello Dies at Waterfall

Tuesday, 14 May 2013 01:04 PM

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Alex Rovello, a tennis player at the University of Oregon, drowned on Saturday at Tamolitch Falls in the Willamette National Forest, the school confirmed.

The Linn County Sherriff's Department says friends and bystanders tried to rescue Rovello after he failed to surface in the Blue Pool at the base off the falls, but they were hampered by the depth of the pool and 37-degree water, according to The Associated Press.

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Rovello had a 21-8 match record this past season as a No. 3 and No. 4 singles player. He and partner Daan Maasland also won 16 doubles matches.

A native of Portland, Rovello was a standout at Cleveland High School.

A memorial service for Rovello is scheduled for Saturday, May 18th.

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